Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis

Michael Carayannis is a Rugby League Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald

Canterbury comes calling but Brett Morris is not for sale, say St George Illawarra

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko St George Illawarra have accused a rival NRL club of tapping up Brett Morris, claiming the club has offered their Test winger a contract for next season despite Morris being contracted to the Dragons.

Manly need Anthony Watmough to win, says Brett Stewart

Heading to Parramatta?: Anthony Watmough.

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko Brett Stewart may believe Manly "need" Anthony Watmough to win but the Sea Eagles will have to beat Canterbury minus their star back-rower after he accepted a one game ban for a dangerous throw.

St George Illawarra's Brett Morris seeks release to join brother Josh at Canterbury Bulldogs

Brothers in arms: Brett and Josh Morris in 2007 as St George Illawarra teammates.

Michael Carayannis Brett Morris has requested a release from the final year of his St George Illawarra contract to join Canterbury after a decision to allow the flyer to test his market value has the potential of...

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South Sydney Rabbitohs rookie Alex Johnston looms as bolter for Australian Kangaroos' Four Nations team

Prolific scorer: Alex Johnston goes over for the Rabbitohs in their qualification final win over Manly on Friday night.

Michael Carayannis South Sydney's Alex Johnston is on the verge of becoming the least experienced Australian player in more than a decade with the Rabbitohs winger emerging as a Kangaroos bolter.

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Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter gives contenders for his job a week off

Uncertain future: Michael Potter.

Michael Carayannis One of Mick Potter's final acts as Wests Tigers head coach could be telling his assistants and candidates in line to replace him – Todd Payten and David Kidwell – to have the week off...

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Tyler Cassel faces lengthy ban for torpedo tackle


Michael Carayannis Wests Tigers forward Tyler Cassel could be banned for up to five weeks for a torpedo-like tackle into Devon Makoate-Boyce as the South Sydney player tried to kick the ball during Friday night's...

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves cleared but Tariq Sims and Anthony Watmough face bans


Michael Carayannis Sydney Roosters' prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has been cleared by the match review committee but Tariq Sims and Anthony Watmough face bans as four players were charged following the first weekend of...

NSW coach Laurie Daley backs Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds to handle Storm stars

Men for the job: Laurie Daley has backed Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson to get the job done against Melbourne

Michael Carayannis Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson are better prepared than ever to overcome Melbourne's "big three" having spent hours pouring over tape of the trio in Origin camp according to NSW coach Laurie Daley.

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Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in hot water after high shot

Trouble: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves fires up.

Michael Carayannis Jared Waerea-Hargreaves’ season hangs in the balance after the Roosters big man was placed on report for a high shot on Penrith’s Brent Kite.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs players incur Michael Maguire's wrath despite big win

One of his best: Souths centre Dylan Walker said coach Michael Maguire didn't miss the players after their poor end to Friday night's win over Manly.

Michael Carayannis Michael Maguire is renowned for his post-game sprays but his full-time rant in the dressing room on Friday night was "up there" with the best according to his Rabbitohs charges.

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Lote Tuqiri turns back the clock with vintage performance against Manly Sea Eagles

Fountain of youth: Lote Tuqiri scores for the Rabbitohs on Friday night.

Michael Carayannis For a moment Lote Tuqiri peered up at the big screen to convince himself he had soared into the air to outleap opposite Jorge Taufua on Friday night.

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Josh Morris says Canterbury Bulldogs must improve mindset in second half

Focus: Josh Morris is tackled by Titan David Mead.

Michael Carayannis Even wooden spooners Cronulla have scored more points than Canterbury in the past seven weeks as the Bulldogs struggle to recapture the form which saw them in line for the minor premiership midway...

Adam Reynolds shows he's key to South Sydney's hopes of NRL premiership glory

Souths halfback Adam Reynolds returns from suspension.

Michael Carayannis The Rabbitohs won’t win the competition unless Adam Reynolds is firing.

Set of Six: The NRL finals edition

On the run: Mitchell Pearce.

Michael Carayannis Michael Carayannis looks at the big talking points in this weekend’s NRL finals match-ups.

John Sutton's finals advice to Rabbitohs teammates: Be prepared

Needs to lift: South Sydney's John Sutton.

Michael Carayannis South Sydney skipper John Sutton has issued an impassioned plea to his Rabbitohs teammates to ''stay committed'' as his side look to overcome the heartache of back-to-back finals failures.

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Canterbury Bulldogs winger Corey Thompson signs contract extension

Set to be upgraded to top-25 status: Corey Thompson.

Adrian Proszenko, Michael Carayannis Corey Thompson has signed a contract extension with Canterbury in a boost for the side before Sunday's finals clash with Melbourne.

NRL Late Mail: Star players return from injury in time for finals

Michael Carayannis Big name players Brett Stewart (Manly) and Cameron Smith (Melbourne) are expected to overcome ankle injuries in time to play for their teams in the first round of finals action.

Jarryd Hayne and Ryan Hoffman share NSW Blues top award

Players to share the Brad Fitter Medal: Jarryd Hayne.

Michael Carayannis Jarryd Hayne and Ryan Hoffman have become the first players to share the Brad Fitter Medal following the Blues triumph Origin series win against Queensland.

Des Hasler bemoans Bulldogs' poor completion rate before elimination final

Michael Carayannis If Des Hasler is concerned his team have won only two of their past eight games the veteran coach isn't letting on.

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Cameron Lloyd, a young Brett Stewart keeps alive the dream

Footy fanatic: Cameron Lloyd.

Michael Carayannis Alex Johnston has risen from playing the part of a young Greg Inglis to starring alongside his childhood hero, now the teen who featured as Brett Stewart in that same 2009 advertisement is taking...